Letter from the Publisher


Dear readers,

Last month, we started putting contract comparisons back into Aero Crew News eMagazine and we can see that we got your approval! With each monthly issue, we will add new airline comparisons. This month, we will compare Endeavor Air, Envoy Air, and CommuteAir. Flip to page ## to see this comparison.

As the regional airlines struggle to find qualified pilots, their pay rates have skyrocketed over the past 12 months. The latest issue that regional airlines are struggling with is finding qualified captains. Back in 2010, the FAA signed into law The Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act of 2010, which increased qualifications for airline pilots or part 121 pilots. A pilot must have 1,000 flight hours as a 121-airline pilot before they can upgrade to a captain. 

At first, this ruling did not affect the industry in a negative way. As the major airlines hire the more experienced pilots from the regionals airlines, the regionals have struggled to retain pilots with the experience to be captains. The regional airlines have had to get creative and offer bonuses and increased pay for direct entry captains (DEC) and high experienced first officers (HEFO). It would be interesting to see how many of these DECs and HEFOs continue to hop around and collect the bonuses then leave for the next gig.

As always, I welcome comments, questions, or suggestions to better improve Aero Crew News! I can be reached at Craig.Pieper@AeroCrewNews.com

Fly Safe,

Craig Pieper
Publisher / Owner
Aero Crew News 

SOURCEAero Crew News, March 2023
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Craig Pieper is the Publisher and Founder of Aero Crew News. Craig is responsible for the content, website design and organization of the material and people producing the material for the magazine. Craig obtained his Bachelors of Science in Aeronautical Science, along with a minor in Aviation Weather, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2001. Craig is also a First Officer for a major airline with a type rating in the Boeing 737 & Embraer 145 and has logged over 8,000 hours of flying time since his introductory flight on November 14th, 1992. Please feel free to reach out to Craig and maybe your email will make it in the next issue under the "Letter To The Publisher" section of Aero Crew News.


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